Echo

Keguro, at Gukira, on Seismosis, by John Keene and Christopher Stackhouse (1913 Press, 2006):

 

“An echo is, of course, a distorted re-hearing, a throwing back of sound and language, a becoming strange to oneself.”

 

 

Confrontation

Allison Joseph, interviewed by Kiandra Jimenez, in Lunch Ticket, about Joseph’s book My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books, 2010):

 

“Part of elegy is confrontation—not just with the idea of death, but with the person who has died.”

 

Premonition

Jeffrey Pethybridge, interviewed by Brian S, Rebecca, and Gaby at The Rumpus, about Pethybridge’s book Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press, 2013):

 

“That’s one of the very things music and poetry are for me, that experience which is also a premonition or call to further experiences.”

 

Texture

Laurie Saurborn Young, interviewed by Deborah Kalb, at Kalb’s blog, about Young’s Industry of Brief Distraction (Saturnalia Books, 2015):

 

“Written or oral, history gives time texture. It gives people something to hold on to. And it exists through the act of recording: poems, stories, articles, books, blogs. The list goes on.”

 

 

Connection

Adrian Miles, interviewed by Mark Amerika in Electronic Book Review:

 

“It should always be about fragments, parts, remixing. Scale is now relative to connection, not monumentality.”

 

 

Homely

Philip Metres, on his blog Behind the Lines, writing about Susan M. Schultz’s book Dementia Blog (Singing Horse Press, 2008):

 

“… avant-garde procedures can be as homely and unheimlich as the process of grieving a mother’s decline, set against the backdrop of a nation’s decline.”

 

 

Conjured

Jim Johnstone, writing in The Rumpus about Don McKay’s book Angular Unconformity (2014):

 

“Despite the chambers of the heart that are conjured in the face of nature, the physical world still overwrites humanity.”

 

 

Brian Henderson

Counterpoint

Amy Catanzano, interviewed by Jace Brittain and Rachel Zavecz in Jacket 2, about Catanzano’s book Starlight in Two Million (Noemi Press, 2014):

 

“Poetry, like quantum mechanics, can provide a counterpoint to thousands of years of received ideas from Aristotle, Euclid, and Newton about space and time.”

 

 

Ready

Josh Booton, interviewed by Rebecca Starks in Mud Season Review, about Booton’s book The Union of Geometry and Ash (Bear Star Press, 2013):

 

“I’m intrigued by the way meaning has its own mind, how language sometimes slips into freshness. The goal is always to stay ready for those slips and hope that they find their way into the poems.”